Scaffolding might be the sine qua non of teaching*, but it’s not always given the attention it deserves. It’s something that seems to get covered on training courses but not much after that** That’s okay because everyone knows a bit about it and probably does it without thinking about it too much, however recently I went to a talk where a really weird description of scaffolding was given by a pretty experienced teacher. That made me want to explain what I think scaffolding is all about; if it’s weird, maybe someone will help me understand in the comments.

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